Villa v Liverpool | Live fans match thread!

Aston is a name normally associated with classic British sports cars - often used by a classic British secret agent, in this case it refers to a place called Aston, in Birmingham, which is where we are heading to claim our next three premier league points. It won't be an easy mission though.

Villa have won all their league matches so far, although they've only played twice and the two games in question were against Fulham and Sheffield so a questionable yardstick. What is certain is they have players who are more than capable of causing us issues.

Jack Grealish is perhaps the most notable of Villa's attacking options and in addition they've just signed Ross Barkley on loan. Both these players are likely to start and both can be dangerous.

Conversely some of our best players aren't available: Mane is out due to Covid, Thiago the same, Kostas likewise. Ox is injured, Henderson's not injured but still a doubt due to match fitness and Matip is injured. Shaqiri looks to be on his way out the door so seems very unlikely to be available either.

What we're left with then is the following.

We could see Minamino start instead of Jota or as well as. In fact the front three could be any number of possibilities and it's nice that even with injuries we still have some good and exciting options. Other options also exist throughout the midfield and defence but I think my line-up is the best and after ignoring my EFL Cup suggestion Jurgen will be less likely to ignore my expert advice for this match.

Of course we have many experts at the Nest (even a sexpert when Jay's around) so please chip in with your own team advice for Jurgen to consider.

This one should be very winnable, sure Villa can make it tricky but ultimately injuries or not we're by far the better side.

A run of the mill type fixture, the sort which stack up toward league titles. I think we all know though we never win them in a run of the mill fashion and we will no doubt add some piquancy to this one.

To finish I'd like to wish Liver Bird Spotting and his Uni flatmates well. He posted the other day to say he had just gone into self isolation due to two of them showing coronavirus symptoms. We wish them all speedy recoveries.

Liver Bird's scorecast........ 0-4!


Prediction League
Name our starting front three (5 points - still given if we field a front two etc)
Which team will score first? (5 points)
Will we win lose or draw? (5 points)
Who was the best James Bond? (just for fun)
Get all three right for a further 10 points
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